Weymouth & Portland Wildlife Centres Voluntary Placement

Reference: WPWCVP2019
Location: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5QH
Opportunities are available to gain experience working within a professional conservation organisation, up to four days a week based between the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Portland and Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth for 12 weeks between 1st June and 31st August 2019.

Position details

Duration

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Contact details

To apply please email a CV and covering letter by Friday 5th April to Marc Kativu-Smith mkativusmith@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or if you would like to discuss this opportunity further please call on 01305 2016191.

Weymouth & Portland Wildlife Centres Voluntary Placement

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 27,000 members. We are committed to ensuring that there is a secure future for Dorset’s local wildlife and unique natural spaces.  

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to assist at our two popular visitor centres in Weymouth and Portland. The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre has 70,000 visitors a year and aims to inspire and engage the public about the wildlife around the iconic Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon, the largest and most wildlife-rich lagoon in the country. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth is set in a 75 ha nature reserve of grasslands, ponds and woodland and hosts an extremely busy school programme, volunteer work parties and range of other activities. 

Opportunities are available to gain experience working within a professional conservation organisation, up to four days a week based between the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Portland and Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth for 12 weeks between 1st June and 31st August 2019. 

Role description

  • Support the day-to-day running of both a marine and terrestrial wildlife focused visitor centre 
  • Assist with school groups, key stage 1 to 4  
  • Assist with a varied programme of wildlife inspired events and activities 
  • Engage with and provide information to visitors in the centres and on the reserves
  • Help with communications and publicity, including social media 
  • Work within and support a large volunteer team  
  • Wildlife Survey’s
  • Assist with practical volunteer work parties 

Training provided

This post will provide practical experience and training in the following areas:

  • All aspects of running a wildlife visitor centre
  • Public engagement and awareness of wildlife issues
  • Delivery of activities for school groups
  • Working with volunteers
  • Delivery of a varied events programme 
  • Social media and other communications
  • Species identification
  • Health and safety
  • Practical habitat management

Project opportunities

  • Sea Angler’s Tackle Marine Litter
  • Visitor Perceptions of a Nature Reserve
  • Wildlife Centre’s Visitor Survey

This unpaid opportunity would suit a student of marine or environmental biology, ecology, conservation, tourism or similar. Applicants must be able to confidently communicate with the public, willing to turn their hand to a range of tasks and have a passion for UK wildlife. The placement is for a minimum of 12 weeks, but longer placements may be considered. In-house training will be provided. Frequent weekend work and some evening work may be required. Own transport is essential. All posts may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.